Russian culture at the turn of the 20th century was a dynamic period of experimentation and discoveries in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Explore such brilliant artistic talents as the poetry of Blok, Akhmatova, and Mayakovsky; the music of Stravinsky and Scriabin; Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes;” and the paintings of Bakst, Roerich, and Malevich. We will also discuss how the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 impacted the arts and the lives of writers, musicians, and artists.
Elena Sheygal-Placzek is a retired professor of the Volgograd University in Russia and has a Ph.D. in linguistic anthropology. She has taught courses in cross-cultural communication to Russian and American students and is the author of the English-Russian Dictionary of US Life and Culture. She served as a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley in 2006.